In her chapter book debut, Nancy Clancy must find the culprit after a prized possession at school goes missing. Illustrations. (goodreads summary)
Nancy has all the right stuff to be a good detective. She has her notebook, floppy hat, sunglasses, a fabulous pink trench coat, rhinestone magnifying glass and she loves to snoop.... Her friend Bree has great code-breaking skills and the two have the best Sleuth Headquarters located in Nancy's backyard. The only thing missing is a mystery to solve. During their classroom mystery memento assignment, a special item of their teacher's turns up missing and the two finally have a case on their hands. Using their keen sense of detective skills, Nancy and Bree are determined to crack the case and expose the real thief.
Being a fan of the Fancy Nancy picture books, I was happy to learn that she is now branching out into her own chapter book series. It still has Fancy Nancy's unique style and her flair for everything posh but in a way that older readers ready for chapter books will enjoy and have a favorite character to grow with. I especially love that it stays true to building vocabulary for its' reader and encourages descriptive writing. While Nancy is working on her creative writing assignment in class, her teacher asks her to read it out loud and then praises her on the vivid word choices. The chapters are short and easy to read with illustrations throughout the book adding to the story. Nancy and Bree piece together many clues in this who dunnit mystery that it makes pretending to be a detective sound like fun. Readers will be introduced to code-breaking and how a super sleuth works. There are even references to Nancy Drew which may spark interest for more mystery reading in the future. I think this is a "just right book" for grades 2-4.~
Title: Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth
Author: Jane O'Connor, Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Genre: mystery, chapter book
Pub. Date: April 2012, Harper Collins
Hardcover, 124 pgs.